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Potential and kinetic energy w

Potential and kinetic energy w

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In this experiment, pupils should investigate and become familiar with the conversion of potential energy into kinetic energy. Here, an experimental car will be accelerated by a weight in the earth's gravitational field. The accelerating force is deactivated automatically after a given distance (or height) as the mass touches the ground. The car continues to move with the speed last reached. This can be determined using the photoelectric gates and the timer.

From the given height the pupils should calculate the potential energy and plot it against v2. The slope k (with the dimension of a mass) should be compared with the total mass m. This yields m = 2 k. The formula Ekin = 1/2 m v2, which will be derived elsewhere, should be made plausible this way.


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